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April 14, 2014

Rethinking the Food Pyramid

By: Leanne Ely   In the US and Canada, the Food Pyramid and the Food Guide are quite similar. They each recommend the basis of the diet be made up of grains, followed by fruits and vegetables, then dairy, then meats, and finally, fats. Whatever country you live in, there is probably some reiteration of… Read more

April 7, 2014

Juicing versus Blending

By: Leanne Ely   I love my fresh delicious green juices, and I love my amazing morning smoothies. Some people think that juicing vegetables and fruits is wasteful, tossing out the fibrous pulp. These folks are more interested in blending their produce into smoothies than juicing them and discarding the pulp. But I believe there’s… Read more

tea cup

March 31, 2014

What is lurking in your tea cup?

By: Leanne Ely   You’ve been paying close attention to the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists to help you make the best food choices that you possibly can for you and your family. You try to make sure that the food you buy is as free of chemicals as it can possibly be. But,… Read more

kids cooking

March 24, 2014

Slow cooker meals with kids

By: Leanne Ely   As many of our readers know, I am big on involving the children in dinner prep. Cooking is an invaluable life skill and I’m a firm believer in getting the kids in the kitchen at a very young age for many reasons. Having the children help with dinner teaches them many… Read more

Corned Beef and Cabbage

March 17, 2014

As Irish as you can get!

By: Leanne Ely It was a few years ago that I finally came home from my volcanic cloud delayed Ireland trip. While being there was great, staying an extra 8 days not so much. Ireland is the land of my people; my grandmother was 100% Irish, born at the turn of the century, in 1900.… Read more

Let it grow seedlings

March 10, 2014

Let it grow!

By: Leanne Ely   I don’t know about y’all, but I just can’t wait to get out there in the garden, digging in the dirt! I’ve actually already started to plant some of my seeds inside so they’ll be ready to put in the ground in a couple of weeks. That’s right! Planting season is… Read more

freezer burn

March 3, 2014

Hot tips to avoid freezer burn

By: Leanne Ely Have you ever removed a tray of meat from the freezer only to find discoloration and ice crystals? If you’ve forgotten about a carton of ice cream in the freezer for any length of time, you may have opened it to find its surface covered in ice. Freezer burn, we tend to… Read more

OrganizeFreezer

February 24, 2014

How to optimize freezer space

By: Leanne Ely If there’s an avalanche of food spilling out of the freezer compartment of your refrigerator every time you open it, or if stuff is buried so deep in your chest freezer that you’ve stopped even trying to search for things, it’s time to get your freezer situation under control! When your freezer… Read more

Butcher

February 17, 2014

How to find a great local butcher

By: Leanne Ely There are many reasons why you should seek out a trusted local butcher rather than shopping for your meats at the local big box store. This is especially true if the most popular local source for groceries is a Wal-Mart Super Center. (Please don’t buy your meat from Wal-Mart because it has… Read more

Beef

February 10, 2014

What’s your beef?

By: Leanne Ely When you source your meat locally, which I always recommend you do, you’re going to be paying a bit more for cuts than you’d be used to at a grocery chain. And when you spend a little more on your beef, you want to be good and sure that you enjoy it.… Read more